Here is the story of the crochet patchwork blanket.
I know many of you have been enjoying following this make.
My aim was to make something new for Patchwork House,
to fit the king size bed, as all my blankets so far have been single size.
I spend a lot of time resting in the bedroom,
it is a light, bright, colourful space where I find much peace and rest,
so this blanket is for me! I chose the shades to match
my 2 sets of bedding so it will coordinate perfectly each week!
The yarn used is Deramores Studio DK.
This is a favourite of mine as it has a superior fine quality.
The yarn comes in 100g balls with a beautiful satin look and feel
and I find that the slightly finer yarn gives fabulous stitch definition.
I worked with my favourite 3.5 mm hook
but suggest you use whatever suits your tension.
The hook recommended on the ball band is 4 mm.
The patterns for the blocks are from the book
I really recommend this book as a good buy.
It has clear written instructions
and the patterns are written to mix and match together.
I bought the pink/orange cover as this is written in UK terms.
I believe the blue/green cover is in US terms.
I worked 1 colour at a time
and made as many squares as possible from 1 ball.
Depending on the block this varied from 4 to 7.
I was happy with this as I wanted to create a patchwork effect.
As I made the squares I kept measuring them,
to make sure they all came out at the same size.
It is very easy to adapt them by adding or removing a round of dc,
to either increase or decrease the size.
I chose a mixture of floral blocks
and geometric blocks.
You can choose any blocks you fancy from this book.
Here are the colours and patterns I used
citrine - 19 lacy cross
mustard - 35 tricolour square
peridot - 113 wisteria
fir - 129 anemone
aqua green - 189 willow
sky - 56 plain granny
blue velvet - 94 gothic square
lapis - 197 fretwork
peony - 16 waterlily
rose - 78 briar rose
blush - 89 spinner
fuschia - 8 popcorn flower
raspberry - 54 framed flower
ruby - 137 criss cross
wine - 46 meadow
you need 81 squares in total.
I used 100g of each of the 15 colours
and 600g of the topaz for joining and edging.
The frequent change of colour and pattern
made this a very interesting project,
which was also very portable.
When you have made a square a few times,
the pattern is easily remembered
and so it was great to pop my hook and yarn in my bag to hook out!
Every day I had much fun playing with my squares
and looking at the cheerful colour combinations!
The stitch definition of this
Deramores Studio DK
is just wonderful.
It has a fabulous satin feel and is dreamy to work with!
The yarn has an anti pilling finish too,
so I am really looking forward to seeing how it stands up to frequent use.
There's nothing quite like a pile of grannies!
This growing tower of squares on my fireplace was most attractive!
Finally the day came when I had enough squares
and was ready to join. I made 81 squares for this blanket,
which is big enough to cover a UK king size bed.
I have used
for my joining and border colour.
When planning my layout I like to use a random arrangement.
I play crochet Sudoku and try to get just 1
of any colour or pattern in each row or column.
First my squares were all edged
with 1 round of UK dc as a foundation for the joining.
At this point you need to check
that your squares all have the same number of stitches on each edge.
If they don't, don't panic,
just use this dc round to increase or decrease as necessary.
I used the continuous flat braid join as my joining method.
It adds a lovely lace dimension to the blanket,
looks very complex, but is in fact fast and so easy!
You can read my tutorial
The continuous flat braid join is so fast
and your blanket soon comes together,
with only 2 ends from the start and the finish!
Every blanket needs a border
just like a picture needs a frame!
To prepare for the border I made a foundation row
of 3 trebles in each loop with 7 in a corner.
I used border 93 from the book
This book is written in US terms
but it has excellent clear charts as well as written instructions
and is easy to use.
2 months work
has made me a beautiful patchwork blanket
with lace join and edging.
I'm hoping that this will become a family heirloom!
It's time that I made some more blankets for my home and family
to bring colour to our days!
I wish you all a happy hooky adventure making this lovely blanket.
You can get your colour pack
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